Recreational Fun Class Outline

Phone 9489 5095
Mobile 0457 787 356
e-mail waggingschool@netspace.net.au

The course consists of several components: Tricks; Jumps and Obstacles for Fun; Training Skills; and Training Games.

You should not attempt to cover everything in this outline. However, we offer you a wide range of options, so if you have already taught your dog some of the classic tricks, you can move on to something more challenging.

Tricks

1.    Classics

Choose what you haven’t done from the following list:

  • Shake
  • High Five
  • Wave
  • Roll over
  • Play dead
  • Bow
  • Crawl
  • Head down

2.    More challenging tricks

Choose one or two of these to work on.

  • Say Your Prayers
  • Go to a person
  • Take something to a person
  • Weaving through your legs
  • Turn on a light switch
  • Open and close the door

3.    Active tricks

Choose one or two of these to work on.

  • Ride a skateboard
  • Back vault
  • Pull a cart
  • Push a cart or trolley
  • Baton jumping
  • Jumping through the hoop
  • Walk backwards

4.    Complex tricks

Choose one of these to work on.

  • Bring me a drink
  • Go to bed
  • Pick up your toys

Jumps and obstacles for fun

We will work on one obstacle at a time. Don’t expect to learn all of them in one course. By the tend of ten weeks you will be able to send your dog to several obstacles in a row.

1.    Tunnel

2.    Broad jump

3.    Dog walk

4.    Tyre

5.    Low hurdles

6.    Directional jumping

7.    Doodling

8.    Weave poles

9.    See saw

Training skills

The course will be taught using positive reinforcement methods. If there are specific techniques which you are unfamiliar with, we will introduce you to them. If you are already familiar with them, you can increase your skills.

You will have the option of choosing the most appropriate methods for you and your dog, depending on what you are working on at the time.

1.    Clicker training
2.    Shaping
  • Hybrid (shaping along with something else)
  • Pure shaping
  • Free shaping
  • Micro shaping
3.    Targeting
  • Paw > hand
  • Paw > marker
  • Nose > hand
  • Nose > marker
  • Nose > target stick
Basic targeting
  • What is targeting?
  • What can you use targeting for?
Advanced targeting
  • Different cues for paw and nose targeting
  • Shoulder target
  • Stationing
  • Multiple targets
4.    Capturing
  • What is capturing?
  • What can you use capturing for?
5.    Luring
  • What is luring?
  • Understanding how your dog’s body moves.
  • Improving your luring technique.
  • Examples: luring a bow versus luring a drop.
  • Advantages and disadvantages of luring.
  • Fading the lure.
6.    Back chaining
  • What is back chaining?
  • Putting a series of actions together.
  • Examples of tricks and complex behaviours put together by back chaining.
7.    Errorless learning versus trial and error learning
  • What does this mean and how would you use it in training?
  • Example – the broad jump
  • Example – scent discrimination

Training games

We will play some of these games.

1.    Musical chairs
2.    Naughts and crosses
3.    Higgledy-piggledy stays

For more information

call Kaye on 9489 5095 or 0457 787 356
e-mail waggingschool@netspace.net.au

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